March 8, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Behind eight place-winners and a plethora of school records, MIT women's track and field recorded its best finish ever at the ECAC Division III Championships, as the Engineers finished second overall out of 51 scoring teams. Moravian College topped the standings with 56 points, followed by MIT with 42.5, and Bates which was third with 42; scoring was tight at the top as second through seventh places were within just 5.5 points.
Tech led the competition after 16 events and the fifty-plus teams that scored points over the two days picked up additional points in the final five races, but only the winner could tally enough points to pass the Engineers. MIT boasted a record number of qualifiers for the ECAC Championships this year while the large entry roster contributed the big points needed to be at the top of the final rankings.
Capping her season in the thrower's circle, senior Aline Thomas achieved her second personal best and second NCAA provisional qualifier of the weekend on Saturday after placing fourth in weight throw. Her spin of 50'7.25" added nearly two feet to her best and makes her only the second Engineer to crest 50' in the event. In the shot put on Friday, Thomas tossed a personal-best 42'2".
Amy Magnuson contributed massive points to the MIT attack and delivered new records in both the hurdles and long jump. After leading the qualifiers from the prelims behind an Institute-record 8.15 in the 55-meter hurdles, Magnuson shattered the school and meet record during finals with a clip of 8.04. Despite the sensational performance, Magnuson finished in second as the winning time of 7.98 turned in by Sumer Rohrs of Frostburg State sparked the two fastest times in the nation this season.
Magnuson closed her weekend another record in the long jump. She spanned 17'6" en route to fourth place, as well as eclipsed Nalini Gupta's school-best jump of 17'3.75 from 2004. On Friday, Magnuson finished 20th in the triple jump, bouncing out 34'3".
Junior Andrea Bradshaw pulled the Institute 800m mark down another tick in a strong third-place finish. Her final time of 2:16.89 marked her fourth re-write to the event this season.
Bradshaw was part of another record-setting performance on Friday, as her split in the 800m set-up Jacqui Wentz's anchor mile leg in the distance medley relay. Adrienne Bolger and Leanne Veldhuis ignited the Engineers' NCAA provisional run as MIT finished third in 12:17.06.
In addition to Bradshaw, Wentz and Veldhuis returned for individual events on Saturday. Wentz picked up two important points with a seventh-place finish in the mile (5:12.26) and Veldhuis placed 12th in the 600 at 1:20.15.
Emily Hwang completed the scoring for MIT on Friday with a third place tie in the pole vault after clearing 11'0.75". Karen Fisher scaled a personal best 10' 6.75" and tied for 12th.
The indoor season ends with the NCAA Championships next weekend, with only Magnuson a guaranteed entry at this point, as provisional qualifiers will have to wait a few days for the selection process.